When I was a kid, persimmons were not as widely available as they are now, but they grow quite well in Southern California (and the trees are beautiful — they bear fruit after they lose their leaves, and look like they’re decorated for the holidays), and my family always looked for persimmons in the fall and winter. We used the Hachiya variety, which is elongated and heart shaped, and terribly astringent unless it’s gloriously squishily ripe, in breads, muffins and the annual Christmas night dessert of steamed persimmon pudding. The squatter, firmer Fuyu, which can be eaten when still firm, were eaten out of hand or used in salads. This particular salad incorporates some of my favorite fall flavors. It was inspired by a trip to the farmer's market and was a lovely Sunday lunch.
I'm a Los Angeles based home cook with a full time job and 2 young kids, so my recipes tend to be accessible to busy people. I firmly believe that anyone can cook good, everyday meals from scratch with sufficient tools and encouragement, and I try to create meals that are delicious, wholesome and not too intimidating. Most of my favorite recipes tend to be twists on a classic dish that makes it new and exciting.